JBS USA Holdings Inc. paid an $11 million ransom to cybercriminals who last week knocked out plants that process roughly one-fifth of the nation’s meat supply.
The ransom payment, in bitcoin, was made to shield JBS meat plants from further disruption.
JBS is the world’s largest meat company by sales, processing beef, poultry, and pork from Australia to South America and Europe.
In the U.S., the company is the biggest beef processor and a top supplier of chicken and pork. Its subsidiary, Pilgrim’s Pride Corp., also hit by the attack, is the second-largest poultry processor, after Tyson Foods Inc.
The payment was made after the majority of JBS plants were up and running again.